Dr. B Gail McLean

Division Director (Acting)
Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division

Team Lead
Photochemistry and Biochemistry

Office of Basic Energy Sciences
SC-32.1/Germantown Building
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290

Phone: (301) 903-7807
Fax: (301) 903-0271

Dr. McLean is the acting Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences (CSGB) Division and the team lead for the Photochemistry and Biochemistry team in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. 

Dr. McLean joined the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in November 2008 as a program manager for Photosynthetic Systems. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. McLean was a National Program Leader for Plant Biology in the Competitive Programs Unit of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (now the National Institute of Food and Agriculture), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

She directed and provided leadership for four competitive grant programs while at USDA, three of which were in the National Research Initiative (NRI) competitive grants program: Plant Environmental Stress, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Breeding and Education, and Biotechnology Risk Assessment. She also served on the Interagency Metabolic Engineering Working Group and as an Acting Integrated Programs Director for the Competitive Programs unit.

Dr. McLean has broad research experience in plant biochemistry and molecular and cell biology, conducting research in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Medical School and in the Plant & Microbial Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Ph.D., Molecular Genetics, University of Georgia

B.S., Biology, St. Andrews College